New iOS 17 Feature Aims to Reduce Nearsightedness in Children

Smartphone addiction is a growing problem that affects people of all ages. It can lead to increased screen time, which can have negative health consequences. For example, when you hold a smartphone too close to your eyes for long enough, it can lead to several issues, including eye strain and nearsightedness. is introducing a new feature called “Screen Distance” in iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 that can help to address this problem. Here are the details…

iPhone's Screen Distance Feature on iOS 17 Can Help Reduce Eye Strain

A new feature in iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 called Screen Distance can help reduce eye strain and the risk of nearsightedness. The feature uses the TrueDepth camera to measure the distance between your eyes and your device, and will warn you if you are holding your device too close for an extended period of time.

The Screen Distance feature is designed to help reduce eye strain and the risk of nearsightedness. When you are holding your device too close, your eyes have to work harder to focus, which can lead to eye strain. In the long term, this can also increase your risk of developing nearsightedness.

The Screen Distance feature is easy to use. To turn it on, go to Settings > Screen Time > Screen Distance. Once it is turned on, you will see a warning if you hold your device closer than 12 inches for more than 20 minutes. The Screen Distance feature is a helpful way to protect your eyes from strain. If you spend a lot of time looking at screens, I recommend turning it on.

Here are some additional tips for reducing eye strain:

  • Take breaks from looking at screens. Every 20 minutes, look away from your screen for 20 seconds at something that is 20 feet away.
  • Adjust the brightness and contrast of your screen so that it is comfortable to look at.
  • Make sure that your screen is at eye level.
  • Blink frequently to keep your eyes moist.
  • If you wear glasses or contacts, make sure that they are properly fitted.




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